Don't Fall Behind!
Home-Selling Moves You Might Not Be Doing, To get your home sold, you have to tackle a rather long to-do list. Some of these tasks are well-known, and some are just good ol' common sense—like finding a real estate agent and spreading the word that your house is up for grabs. But some other steps in the home-selling process aren't quite so obvious.
So to keep these less apparent home-selling tactics from falling through the cracks, here we've highlighted five things you may not even realize you have to do. Just in time to start prepping for the busy fall selling season!
1. Reach millennial home buyers
In 2017, for the fifth year in a row, Americans aged 20 to 37 were the largest group of home buyers—at 36%, according to the annual Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends Report from the National Association of Realtors®. So get smart: Find ways to appeal to this (huge) generation when marketing your home.
These tips will help you attract younger home buyers:
2. Make your home move-in ready
Unless you’re selling a teardown, you need to do whatever it takes to make your home move-in ready for buyers.
This means tackling not only large home repairs but also small ones like replacing ripped screens, fixing leaky faucets, unclogging gutters, and mending damaged shingles.
Pro tip: If your house is in lousy shape, consider ordering a pre-inspection, where an inspector scrutinizes your property for problems before you put it on the market. This would give you the ability to fix problems ahead of time—while also presenting buyers with a clean bill of health on the property. Buyers love it, and a home inspection costs only about $200 to $500.
3. Order professional listing photos
If you have a good eye and a good camera, you might be tempted to take your own listing photos. But we're not talking about selfies here. If you’re looking to sell your home quickly, using an experienced professional photographer is a must.
There’s proof. In one case study, real estate photography company compared 350 listings using its professional photography with 350 similar listings without professionally done photos in the same ZIP code. According to the company's data, listings using the professional photography sold 50% faster and 39% closer to the original listing price than those that didn't.
4. Prepare for open houses
Your agent is hosting the open house, so it’s her job to make sure your house is ready for the big event, right? Wrong! It’s your responsibility to prep your home before strangers show up at the door.
Here’s a handy checklist to get your home ready for an open house:
5. Pet-proof your home
If you have pets, be warned—their presence can be a huge turnoff to some home buyers, take these steps to make sure your furry family members don't hinder your sale:
Getting ready to Sell or Buy doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking, but it’s one where details really matter.
When you’re working with real estate professional Carriene Porter of Precision Realty & Associates, you’re guaranteed to get the expertise and advice you need to Sell or Buy your home. If you prefer a more personal touch, CALL 801-809-9866 today.
Not quite ready to buy a home? You may qualify for the Lease with a Right to Purchase program. Call me and I'll give you the details on how you may qualify to get into the home you want, get settled and then purchase it when you are ready!
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